Archive for November 2017

Prayer for Help Prioritizing

November 13, 2017

I sense that making priority decisions on the basis of “importance” has subtle dangers.

Heavenly Father,

There are demands on every side.  Help me to recognize that the demands which scream the loudest are not necessarily the most important.  And teach me to discern among the demands which seem to be the most important this hour, and those which are the most important ultimately.

It is hard Father.

  • I could choose to make decisions based on the importance of good stewardship in finances, asking, “What is the best deal (saving pennies), or long term (saving thousands)?”
  • I could choose based on the importance of social relationships or responsibilities, asking, “What would be best for my relationship with my family/friends, or my neighbor in need (cf. Luke 10: 30-37, ‘The Good Samaritan’)?”
  • I could ask from a spiritual perspective, “What is most important in this hour regarding my witness to this probably lost soul, or my testimony as a Christian?”
  • Or in some moments, “How can I deal with this pain?” Or “What can I do to even survive?”
  • On the other hand, I can’t keep postponing dealing with basic housekeeping and maintenance issues. “Should I deal with that slow leak in my tire today? Or should I postpone dealing with my aging roof another summer?”

If I only had to answer one question at at time, that would be one thing.  But Father, today I have to answer all of those questions simultaneously. And then, which priority “gets” the priority? (– And should it always get this priority?)

And Father, I realize that my decisions may be influenced by the choice of which “importance idol” before which I feel that I must bow today.   And some days I fear that I may spend the whole day in the temple of one of these “importance idols.”

Furthermore, as I wrestle with these decision-making, prioritizing questions, I realize that my sinful, selfish prideful human nature often inclines my heart to less noble priorities and pursuits — or to justify one versus another of these ‘noble’ pursuits.

So Father, I bow before you today, please teach me, your servant, to love you with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength, and may that love for you inform the decisions I’m making on my priorities.